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10/30/09

Avalon Council member Tom Michalow is challenging Republican incumbent Matt Drozd for the District I seat on Allegheny County Council.

Michalow, a Democrat, was born and raised in McCandless and is a 1989 North Allegheny High School graduate. He is a 1993 distinguished graduate of Virginia Military Institute.

Michalow received a master’s of education degree from Duquesne University in 1998, along with teaching certificates for social studies and German. He teaches history and German at Northgate High School.

10/30/09

Emsworth quits COG

Emsworth officials have decided to cancel the borough's membership in the Quaker Valley Council of Governments as a cost-cutting measure, but the savings may not last long.

Borough council member David Heflin said that 2010 dues would run $1,600-$1,900, a sum council member Amy Adams said could be better put toward balancing next year's budget because the borough does not use any of the services that come from being a QVCOG member.

10/30/09

Two Johnstown residents were taken into custody by Ohio Township Police after being discovered with a stolen handgun in Emsworth on Oct. 23.

Taevon Tarrell Dixon, 21, and Lisa Rae Newcomer, 30, were arrested during a traffic stop on Route 65. Dixon was found to be wanted on an outstanding Johnstown arrest warrant, and also has been charged with providing police with false identification.

In other news from Ohio Township Police, scrap metal was reported stolen from the Emsworth public works property on Oct. 22.

10/30/09

Improvements to Avon Park will be modified to make sure the project does not cost more than the grant funds available.

Although the park property is leased and maintained by Ben Avon Borough, it lies within Kilbuck Township, and Kilbuck obtained a $25,500 grant to make the facility more handicapped-accessible.

10/30/09

No one is sure yet who owns the final 260 feet of Semple Avenue, but Kilbuck Township will pay to have the street paved.

Kilbuck was offered the opportunity last month to take advantage of the per-unit price for paving obtained by Avalon for its massive street rehabilitation program. Questions arose, however, as to whether the portion intersecting New Brighton Road in Kilbuck Township had, at some point, been turned over to Avalon, which owns the rest of the street.

10/30/09

Bad directions are to blame for heavy trucks traveling up Elizabeth Avenue in Avalon, including one that sheared off a fire hydrant and caused some $160,000 in damages last month.

10/30/09

The Kilbuck Township Supervisors awarded a contract for winter road service at their meeting Tuesday, and may do so again next month.

The township had solicited bids for road plowing and salting for each of the next three years, and originally announced that the contract would be awarded at the supervisors' September meeting. Supervisor John Fader was absent from that meeting, however, and Russ Hardiman and Susan Merkner could not agree on whether the contract should be for one or three years, so the vote was delayed until the Oct. 27 meeting.

10/23/09

Animal Friends is offering free bags of straw for anyone who owns or cares for outdoor pets.

10/23/09

Avalon Police issued a citation to a North Side man for failing to pay his check at Eat n’ Park restaurant on Oct. 17. Police say Oliver Beasley, 24, of Chester Street, was identified through a license plate number and video taken at the restaurant.

10/23/09

Graffiti was painted on the rear of a Lincoln Avenue building, according to a report received by police on Oct. 14.

10/23/09

By LOIS THOMSON

Ben Avon is considering eliminating the Bookmobile service in the borough. In drafting the 2010 budget, council member Judy Konitsney, head of finance, said at the Oct. 20 council meeting that she recommends not renewing the service for the coming year.

The Bookmobile comes to Ben Avon once a week for an hour, and she said that on average, 24 people have been using it, of which 16 are borough residents. And at a cost of $9,115, that averages out to $11 per person, per hour. Ben Avon Heights had contributed to the cost in 2009, but is not planning to do so next year.

10/23/09

Northgate H1N1 vaccinations The Northgate School District has announced dates for H1N1 vaccinations for students in grades 5-12.

Superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield said, at the school board's regular meeting on Monday, that students in grades 9-12 will be able to receive the vaccine on Monday, Oct. 26, and Monday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Bonfield said that students in grades 5-8, who are 10 years old or older, will be able to receive the vaccine on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 7 p.m.

10/23/09

Repair work on Pennsylvania Avenue in Emsworth will have to wait until the spring.

10/23/09

Police have arrested a man they say fired several shots and assaulted a Bellevue doctor and his wife Wednesday evening before stealing narcotics.

Police were called to the Suburban General Professional Building at the corner of Lincoln and South Jackson avenues shortly after 5:30 p.m. when shots were reported fired in an office on the basement floor of the building.

10/16/09

Police and firefighters from Avalon, Ben Avon and Bellevue worked to rescue the driver of a vehicle hit head-on on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon Friday morning. The woman was believed to have suffered a leg injury. She was transported to the hospital by NorthWest EMS. Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen

10/16/09

Avalon Police officers answering a disturbance call on South Ohio Street Oct. 10 ended up arresting a North Side man and seizing some 65 bags of suspected heroin.

10/16/09

A resident of Meade Avenue reported that two purses and a vehicle had been stolen during a burglary at the home on Oct. 10.

A Cliff Avenue resident reported an attempted burglary the same day.

A vehicle on Kendall Avenue was reported broken into on Oct. 7. Money and electronics were reported stolen.

The door to a home on South Harrison was reported vandalized on Oct. 11.

Ian McGee, 33, of Orchard Avenue, faces charges of simple assault and obstructing justice at the scene of a vehicle crash on Ohio River Boulevard on Oct. 6.

10/16/09

The death of a man whose body was discovered during a Bellevue fire has been ruled a homicide.

10/16/09

In an effort to spread the cost of covering a projected budget deficit and the cost of mandated sewer repairs, Emsworth residents urged officials Wednesday to increase a tax levied on people who work in the borough.

Facing an increase in sewage fees next year, residents who attended the Oct. 14 council meeting called for an increase in a $26 Local Services Tax (LST) approved by council at a special meeting on Sept. 23.

10/16/09

School flu update Although Northgate has received confirmation of its first case of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, the illness has not yet made much of an impact on student attendance.

Superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield told school board members Monday that one student has been confirmed to have contracted the virus. Bonfield said they he suspects that other students have as well, but those cases have not been confirmed.

10/16/09

School flu update Although Northgate has received confirmation of its first case of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, the illness has not yet made much of an impact on student attendance.

Superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield told school board members Monday that one student has been confirmed to have contracted the virus. Bonfield said they he suspects that other students have as well, but those cases have not been confirmed.

10/16/09

Two Avalon residents have been charged with the Sept. 11 robbery of the Ben Avon Mini Mart.

10/9/09

Two people were tied up and property stolen from their apartment during a “home invasion” by two armed males last Friday, Oct. 2.

The young couple walked to the Bellevue police station to report the robbery after their cell phone was stolen, police say.

According to Police Chief Matt Sentner, the two told police that they were awakened by two unknown black males who tied them up and then began removing property from the apartment. Among the items stolen were two guns, a game cube and DVDs, in addition to the phone and a small amount of cash.